Highlawn Montessori will build second story on west building, add 2 new classrooms

Highlawn added a second story to its east building in 2012.
Highlawn added a second story to its east building in 2012.

Highlawn Montessori is set to grow in Prairie Village.

The school, which first opened its doors in 1963 in the “Old Woolf Farmhouse” behind the Corinth Library and moved to its current location along Somerset Drive in the late 1970s, expanded in 2012 when a second story was built atop its east building to house a new elementary school classroom. Now, the school is looking to build a second story on its west building, which would include two new classrooms.

School Director Kathy Morrison told the Prairie Village Planning Commission this week that the new space would allow them to immediately expand their elementary program, which serves students in grades one through six. A second classroom in the second story of the new addition will be filled when demand for enrollment merits it.

The Planning Commission approved the application for the building addition unanimously. As part of the approval, Highlawn will work with the Prairie Village police department to mitigate any potential traffic issues the increase enrollment might cause.

Morrison said that the school hoped to have financing secured to begin construction in May with the project substantially complete before the beginning of the new school year in August.

“Realistically, the first floor renovations and exterior will be complete before school starts and we will have second floor interior finishes that will take us through September,” she said.

A rendering of the second story addition to Highlawn's west building.
A rendering of the second story addition to Highlawn’s west building.